American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The study of the pronunciation of words.
- n. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
- n. The customary pronunciation of words.
- n. The correct pronunciation of words.
- n. The study of correct pronunciation.
- In English from the 17th century. From Ancient Greek ὀρθοέπεια (orthoepeia, "correct pronunciation"), from ὀρθός (orthos, "correct") and ἔπος (epos, "word"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek orthoepeia, correctness of diction : ortho-, ortho- + epos, epe-, word; see wekw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As a point of historical etymology, it is probable that the word in question was suggested to those who first used it by the German Wasserscheide; but the spelling WATER-SCHED, proposed by Herschel, is objectionable, both because SCH is a combination of letters wholly unknown to modern English orthography, and properly representing no sound recognized in English orthoepy, and for the still better reason that WATER-SHED, in the sense of DIVISION-OF-THE-WATERS, has a legitimate English etymology.”
“Siksha, one of the six branches of Vedas; it may be called the orthoepy of the Vedas.”
“_Bere_ is the old orthoepy of _bare_; and every one knows that in London (east) a fell_ow_ naturally becomes a fell_ar_.”
“Hence the stage is looked up to as a great school, and the eminent actors are universally looked to as the best instructors in action, elocution, orthoepy, and the component parts of oratory.”
“There is nothing belonging to the stage which demands such strict discipline as its orthoepy, because there is none in which it can so immediately and powerfully affect the public.”
“His orthoepy seems to have been acquired by the means which alone can give it perfection: an intimate acquaintance and a constant interview with the best speakers of the senate, the bar, the pulpit, and the stage in the metropolis of the British empire.”
“And, O king, numerous Brahmanas of ascetic merit and versed in the science of orthoepy and orthography, followed him like the Rishis following the chief of the celestials.”
“Frequent practice in the accurate enunciation of the tonic elements as given above, and a habit of watchfulness established as to the orthoepy of those which are most easily obscured, in all words in which they occur, will soon secure, if not a resonant, sonorous utterance with respect to the tonic elements, at least a correct pronunciation.”
“But the correct and distinct pronunciation of the subtonic, and especially of the atonic, elements, when they occur, as is so frequent in English words, in combination, is not so easily accomplished; and orthoepy, in this respect, as a _habit_, cannot be secured without great care and incessant practice.”
“One of the most valuable results of oral reading when systematically pursued as a school study, is the effect which it has in improving the tones of the voice for ordinary conversation and discourse, and in securing some measure of orthoepy as a fixed habit of utterance.”
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